May 22nd, 2009
02:16 PM ET
8 years ago

Steele: Obama wasn't vetted because he's black

Michael Steele said Friday that President Obama 'came out of no where.'

Michael Steele said Friday that President Obama 'came out of no where.'

(CNN) - Days after announcing an "aggressive new approach" in confronting President Obama, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday that the president hadn't been properly vetted because he is black.

"The problem that we have with this president is we don't know him. He was not vetted, folks. He came out of nowhere," Steele told listeners to Bill Bennett's radio show Friday morning. "....We don't know his political background, we don't know his political philosophy, the ideology that shapes his thinking on policy.

"He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black man running for the office. 'Oh gee, wouldn't it be neat to do that? Gee, wouldn't it make all of our liberal guilt just go away? We could continue to ride around in our limousines and feel so lucky be alive and in an America with a black president,'" said Steele. "Okay, that's wonderful - great scenario, nice backdrop. But what does he stand for? What does he believe?

"And that's why I keep going back to the point, the missed opportunity was dissecting and understanding Rev. [Jeremiah] Wright," he added. "It wasn't about Rev. Wright, it was about the philosophy that emerged and the directions that he was given, the lessons he learned at his knee. We never got a chance to understand that. People got lost on what Wright said about America instead of focusing on what Obama understood from what Wright was saying, so that you could understand and track that political philosophy. So we don't know. We just don't know."

Steele - who said last weekend that "like a bad diet, liberalism will kill you" - told GOP leaders this week that the era of Republican "apologizing" was over.


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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. B.Nelson

    I am a Black Man. I've been Blessed to have been alive to witness the election of the nations 1st African American President but I can't help but wonder if I'll be blessed to live long enough to see the day when African Americans and Blacks of all cultures from around the World actually live up to the "Title" in which we refer to ourselves? Brother!

    May 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. LIBERAL FOR LIFE

    And you were vetted into the RNC? They voted you head because you're black just out of spike since a black president won. What a moron

    May 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Steele — who said last weekend that "like a bad diet, liberalism will kill you" —

    Be a member of the Democratic Party....and DIE!!!! lol

    May 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Lulu

    Considering the you guys have NEVER, EVER apologized for ANYTHING, how can the era of it be over? I'm sure what Mr. Stupid meant to say was the republican era is over and I'll add my amen to that!

    May 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. New Era

    Steele, who? Look whose talking about being vetted. I never heard of you before you became the chairman of the RNC. Looks like that mud you're throwing in the wind is blinding your vision. Sit down and guide your disorganized party.

    May 22, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Steel should shut his uncle tom big fat mouth , how discusting for the head of the RNC to say i hope he gets in trouble for trhose rascist yes racist comments, yes folks black people can be racist towards towards each other too even when they are doing their masters bidding.

    May 22, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Molly

    Wow! This is the new Republican message? They haven't learned anything and the only reason he can get away with saying that is because he is black!

    May 22, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Black Woman, Falls Church, VA

    Still reeling. And weeping... did someone shake Michael Steele as a baby?

    May 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. jan gerrard

    what is wrong with republicans? are they all just nuts? some of the comments that come out of their mouths are ignorant and now Steele saying Obama wasn't vetted???? and I think cheney is thinking good offense is the best defense cause I think he is getting afraid of being "outed" as the main person-after bush-who allowed and ordered gitmo tactics.

    May 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. jeremy - tx

    Great way to appeal to a Waffle House crowd.

    May 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Sean

    ...Michael Steele is an idiot, please stop posting stories about this never-will-be. Thank you.

    May 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Bitter Republican, party of no I mean one, your table is ready!

    Cheeses cries, backlash over this non-sense will begin over the weekend.

    And, the same could be said in regards to Steele being elected a chairman of RNC, no one knew him either.

    May 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Martin Gross

    What a crock of partisan nonsense babble......

    May 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Corn

    Michael Stelle doesn't get it. America knows Obama and understands he approach you can keep screaming Mr. Steele but no one is listening. AND FYI....you don't require the vetting process when you under go the voting process. Talk about the pot calling the ketlle black.

    May 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. just me

    idiot.

    May 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. openly black

    If the Republican National Committe evers gets the colonic it so dearly needs, Michael Steele will be the place of insertion.

    May 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Toni - Atlanta

    Michael, Michael, Michael.... Why is it that every time you think you have something constructive to say, you end up being such an embarrassment.

    May 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Jane

    Are you kidding me? Vetted? He was under scrutiny the entire time he ran for election. What a goofy thing to come up with. It really grinds at you that a large majority of Americans support what he's trying to do. How about the GOP actually vetting some new constructive ideas for helping the country instead of all this hatred & distrust?

    May 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Obama Victim

    right in bro..................nail that Chicago home boy

    May 22, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. V C Washington

    Another idiot comment from a total idiot! Republicans, if you were looking for a loser to continue your streak you truely found one.

    May 22, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. rainbowgirl

    Steele has really lost it now. Obama wasn't vetted–that's a joke. The Republican party needs to get rid of him before they completely disintegrate.

    May 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Michael Steele has got to be one of the biggest morons on the planet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't remember any of the other presidents in my lifetime ever being "vetted"! If this is the best that the GOP has to offer the country, then they are in desperate trouble! A black criticizing a black because he's black? Who on earth put this man in charge?

    May 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Bob (Illinois)

    Is this idiot for real? Does any intelligent statement EVER come out of his mouth?

    May 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Bostonian123

    Wow, Steele how much lower can you go? Despicable. Obama is simply a clean man, a family man with high moral values and standards, an American man. Why can't you and the rest of the repubs accept that.

    May 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. openly black

    P.S. Yo Mike .... seems like there are those in your party who wonder if anyone vetted you.

    May 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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